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Posted in Hints and tips 17 Dec 2019

I was a smoker for 36 years it was starting to affect my health as I'm lung infections and not being able to breathe etc...I gave up 6 weeks ago and can't believe I don't even think about smokes anymore..occasionally I get what I think is a craving and on those times I use the nicorette inhaler, I honestly think that little device has helped me quit.

I'm so happy and will never touch another disgusting cigarette ever again...but in closing I think if you are ready to stop you will if your not you will relapse.

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  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW September 27, 2020 | 10:52
    Hello again Rocky. Low and behold, 3 weeks after your last comment, I shmocked my last cigarette!
    Saved thousands of $dollars$$
    Thanks team.
  • Rockyf January 15, 2020 | 20:02
    10 weeks down ...don't even feel like one...had a couple "cravings"
    But nothing I couldn't deal with ...honestly feels like I've never smoked
  • Nuts December 19, 2019 | 19:51
    Hi Rocky. This forum is the best. Even though we are strangers, we are a family of sorts, and i honestly believe that joining this forum helped me to quit. I didnt want to be the one to fail and let my new friends down. It made me stronger and i am so grateful to everyone. Stay with us and help others 🤗😙
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 21:01
    Hi Rocky,
    This forum is great.
    Come back anytime you want.
    I think you have done wonderfully well to stop smoking after all of those years.
  • Rockyf December 18, 2019 | 16:18
    I will defiantly stick around guys...remind myself of my hour by
  • Rockyf December 18, 2019 | 16:18
    I will defiantly stick around guys...remind myself of my hour by
  • Rockyf December 18, 2019 | 16:18
    I will defiantly stick around guys...remind myself of my hour by
  • Rockyf December 18, 2019 | 16:15
    I can't tell you guys what's happened to me...I was like every other smoker if I didn't have smokes I'd start stressing out ...and either go buy a pack , take one off some random ..or we've all done this don't lie...looked through our ash tray and find the less consumed butt and smoke that......but I honestly don't even feel like a smoke.
    I'm loving it...I'm only 52 and a very active I put my apprentices to shame with the amount of energy I have..#miracle
  • Happiness December 18, 2019 | 14:54
    Don't i know it ! Rocky is doing fantastic. I just like to inform people while we are on a thread.
    But yes, even Rocky should stick around and join us periodically in years to come as not to become passive and forget why we quit smoking.
    NOPE........ not ever! That's a long time to remember.....
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 13:31
    Happiness, Rocky
    Rocky is doing just fine, are you doing fine Rocky?
    Do you need any counseling for smoking addiction Rocky?
  • Happiness December 18, 2019 | 10:04
    Some would say that nrts are placebos in a sense. They give peace of mind to those who fear a cold turkey quit. We all have the 80% psychological acceptance and even on nrt you can only get down so low, then have to jump or torment yourself daily. With nrt you have something while you change the habit, then confront the addiction during and at the end. But then if you haven't accepted the journey by the 12th week, it is in the middle.

    The above is my reason for my concern. My reason for caring enough to advise you take the leap of faith when you seem to be struggling after months of nrt. I know hard it was for me when i used will power to stay at 3 to 5 cigarettes a day for those 3 days. I jumped the quit date and quit tout suis. No way was i going to do it for another 10 days!
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 4:56
    LMFHO, YOu are one lucky guy, You've virtually Quit the smokes with and used two tiny cartridges over these 6 weeks, ......and the mouth piece was placebo all the way. You have Quit cold turkey my friend. WELL DONE
  • Rockyf December 18, 2019 | 4:48
    Cause I'm a guy and don't ever read instructions I had one cartridge for 2 I guess I never used it like I was supposed to...I only ever bought one pack with 3 in it...still have one 10 bucks I ever spent.
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 4:44
    Hi Rocky, Yes thats the responsible way to use that medically approved inhaler.
    Its the hand to mouth suedo -placebo thing mostly, I think theres nothing wrong with that.
    My question is at the start, how many tiny cartridges were you using please? And how many cartridges are you using each day now?
    Sorry for these questions.
    Myself, Well I started on 12 each day and by 3 weeks i was down 3 or 4
    Would like to know how you done it and if you found it addictive at all
  • Rockyf December 18, 2019 | 4:31
    Hi guys Thank you all for your encouragement
    As for the nicorette inhaler I go days without touching it ...and the nicotine cartridge inside is completely empty just the smell remains.
    It's just a mind thing ..that just helps on those stress moments.
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 2:06
    Its all good Happ
    Most of us love you
    Rockyf---- I hope that you dont mind us using your post as a platform. ?
    You stick with your plan ,because its a good one,,,, 6 weeks and your doing fine
  • Happiness December 18, 2019 | 1:57
    I hate pain. I hate seeing others suffer when it can be made easier.
    I love this site for the joyful side, seeing people quit and regain their freedom, their lives, their health......
    I am so glad you are giving it another go PuffNoMore. I am even happier that this time something resonated within you. A feeling as you say... A BELIEF.
  • Happiness December 18, 2019 | 1:51
    Chicken soup for the soul....not
    Yes almost anything would be better than smoking cigarettes or cigars or cow dung. Inhaling anything is not good.
    I am sorry if you feel that i pressured you to jump off of your inhaler. We have always been aware that every quit is different and you did struggle more than most. You seemed to genuinely want to quit and were so proud to get down to that tiny one vial. I know how hard those first three days getting off of nicotine was, and the three days i did before quitting where I cut down to just 3 or 4 cigarettes was h . e. ll. Better to jump and end the misery. The 72 hours was easier than those pre-quit days. How could I not equate them to you? Another member was holding on for dear life too. Today he is over a year quit.

    I hope our little debate has given Rocky and other sufficient information to make their own decisions in the course of their journey. You know you best.

    Knowledge is power.
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 1:40
    Happiness, sorry, I can now read and comprehend what your saying now.
    If Rocky can refrain from using his inhaler, he can get down to not using it at all.
    AND free of nicotine addiction
  • Happiness December 18, 2019 | 1:34
    In short, only Rocky knows if he has used the inhaler (nicotine) within a 72 hours window. I would hate to see him on the 4th day take nicotine (inhaler) unless it is a last resort, for then it would be a set back don't you think?
    I guess it comes down to what is occasionally.
    Not thinking about a cigarette anymore is a good indication that he is ready to part with the crutch anyways. If he has accepted life without smoking and embraces that whole heartedly. One knows themselves best. If Rocky finds it too hard, then the inhaler is there, just don't smoke!
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 1:32
    Happiness, read it one more time in someone else's shoes
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 1:29
    I apologize in advance for my or our misinterpretation in your message to Rockyf.
    And to you rocky.
    If snorting chicken soup keeps you off inhaling the carcinogenic perils of a cigarette, i say well done, ( regards red)
  • Happiness December 18, 2019 | 1:21
    He writes that he is six weeks off of smoking cigarettes and rarely thinks of smoking and when he gets what he thinks is a craving.....
    Of course Nrt's are there for you to use, however, if Rocky has already got for 72 hours without putting any nicotine into his system, then it is not likely a nicotine withdrawel for that part is or would be very, very close to being done. Why would you prolong it?

    I think that what Rocky is cravings is psychological, a void, a memory that teases him.
    I understand your concern PuffNoMore, but perhaps Rocky didn't know this.
    Perhaps I read it wrong. I just want Rocky to be aware. That is why we have the NOPE mantra....not one puff ever, for one puff can and will ignite the nicotine sensors.
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 18, 2019 | 0:45
    Happiness, please re-read what you said above.
    Rockyf is transforming himself off the smokes in a systematic way, with an approved method. Please dont advise him to and I Quote your words "refrain from using your inhaler"
    Its very similar to what you advised me last year, I almost had the addiction and habit beat,
    Re-read the bloody thing
  • Happiness December 17, 2019 | 23:39
    You addressed my concern PuffNoMore.
    ANY nicotine will keep those receptors alive.

    Hi Rockyf and congratulations on six weeks without a cigarette and especially for this quickly to be seldom thinking of smoking. Nrt's contain nicotine so please refrain from using your inhaler any more to keep it going. Nicotine is out of our bodies in about 72 hours. Nicotine produces another substance which stays in our bloodstream for about 3 months. However, the nicotine receptors shut down in about 3 weeks.

    I sense that you may have just stumbled on our site and hope that you will look around, read stories and take part. Sometimes people revert back to smoking forgetting why they quit and how evil nicotine is. By visiting us regularly you will remember and be less likely to regress. Helping others raises dopamine which make you happy as well. It's a win - win.
    Hoping to hear lots from you soon. All the best in your journey!
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 17, 2019 | 23:04
    hi rocky,
    that little inhaler was my little helper last year. it got me off the smokes from day one. if that little inhaler keeps you off those smokes its a good thing. its not vaping or an an e-cig is it?
    is it the approved inhaler from the pharmacy or chemist?
    Its the most expensive method compared to the rest, although still cheaper than smoking in Australia.
    Personally, I got down to one tiny cartridge a day at times. Do you think that one or two cartridges is keeping people hooked on nicotine or that the level of nicotine is so minimal that its only feeding the hand to mouth habit or routine?

  • softly40 , Mid North Coast December 17, 2019 | 18:30
    Great news Rocky keep on going. One day you might not even need that little helper. In the meantime enjoy your well earned reward this Christmas.
  • Nuts December 17, 2019 | 18:20
    That is great Rockyf. It will be your first Christmas in 36 years without a cigarette. You are doing great. It will get better and better every day. Maybe next year will be your year PuffNoMore
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 17, 2019 | 15:33
    I might add that needing to Quit is not the right mindset either.
    Once the smoker fully realizes that not smoking is something he or she truly WANTS, The Quit becomes so much easier and successful.
    Thank you Rockyf for you input.
  • DAB57 December 17, 2019 | 15:06
    Welcome Rickyf and congratulations. 6 weeks is an excellent milestone to reach. Today I sit just 5 days short of 18 months quit, and believe me it has gone by so fast. With your positive attitude you are and will continue to be a very successful former smoker. Happy holidays.
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW December 17, 2019 | 14:47
    well done Rickyf. Your so right in your closing statement. I think when the smoker really believes that the smoke is not wanted the Quit becomes easy.
    I think that can be called the MINDSET.
    A mindset of wishing, hoping and dreaming of Quitting makes the Quit so much more difficult.
    Note to myself and Paidi. We just haven't found the right mindset yet
    Thank you for joining us Rickyf
  • Safe2017 December 17, 2019 | 14:25
    Congrats Rickyf. 6 weeks smoke free is an accomplishment.

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